This week, a new restaurant in Dayton will open featuring small plates of Portuguese and Spanish cuisine and wine. The restaurant will provide new dining options in a downtown that is growing.
Pequenos Tapas and Wine Bar at 31 Monument Square, Urbana will hold its official grand opening on Wednesday, April 19. This was announced in a Facebook post.
The DBJ reported the first time on this restaurant in last year.
Bryan Thompson, Jonathan Kouse, and Jeremiah Stocksdale are the owners of Pequenos. They have a wide range of business experience. Thompson is the owner of The Medicine Shoppe, Kouse was a chef and restaurant consultant for nine years and Stocksdale worked for Bundy Bakery Solutions.
Kouse loves the food and wines of Portugal, as his wife is Portuguese. Kouse, a friend and former business partner of Thompson's, reconnected after discovering that there was an unmet need for a wine store in downtown Urbana. After finding the perfect location in Monument Square Stocksdale joined as a third investor.
The new restaurant will serve a variety of authentic Portuguese dishes from the great-great grandmother of Kouse's spouse. Customers can try many different items on the limited menu because the plates are smaller and easily shared. The menu is based around this, and doesn't offer entrees. This makes Pequenos different from other tapas style restaurants.
Albondigas is a pork and beef meatball. Other small plates include bacon-wrapped date and herbed olive oil dip. The majority of ingredients will come from Spain, Portugal and the locality.
The drinks menu will include Spanish and Portuguese wine, but also wines from other countries, beer, and homemade sangria. There will be a retail wine store and tasting room located downstairs so customers can purchase bottles and cases.